IACHR collects in Ecuador testimonies about human rights violations during protests


QUITO (Sputnik) – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) began receiving in Quito testimonies of people who had been victims of human rights violations during the violent protests at the beginning of the month against the elimination of the fuel subsidy decreed by the Executive.

"The mission of the IACHR has arrived today in Quito, Ecuador, to document and collect information on respect for human rights in the context of recent protests," said Paulo Abrao, executive secretary of the IACHR in his account from the social network Twitter.

The IACHR officials will meet with representatives of the State, social and indigenous movements and visit the cities of Latacunga (center), Guayaquil (west) and Cuenca (south).

Until October 30, the IACHR will collect testimonies from persons deprived of liberty or victims of violence, as well as their families, in the context of the protests.
On the morning of October 28 they went to leave their testimonies affected by both police intervention and Protestants: indigenous, police, civilians.

Julio Cesar Torocho, coordinator of peace brigades, told reporters that on one of the days of the protests he was affected by a tear bomb launched from a riot car, when he was transporting an injured minor to a place for his attention.

"We left with the white flag of peace (…) a trucutu, about 6 meters away, began to bombard us with tear gas and I was hit in the left eye (…) I lost my eye, they removed my orbital cavity for greater security, "he said.

He added that he asked the IACHR that human rights not be violated, that justice be done and held the Ecuadorian Police accountable.

Nayra Chalan, vice president of the Kichwa Confederation of Ecuador (Ecuarunari), said her organization accompanied several indigenous people who presented their testimony.
The rendering of testimonies is confidential, it cannot be witnessed or disseminated and for this reason the Chalan organization is watching for respect and not revictimization.

Rodrigo Gomez De la Torre, president of the Chamber of Agriculture of the country, also went to present his testimony at the IACHR and then told reporters that the blockade of roads, the consequences on trade and the stoppage of work and educational activities in different Ecuador's cities also mean a global violation of the human rights of society.

Meanwhile, the Ecuadorian Committee on Human and Trade Union Rights (Cedhus) said that it will denounce before the IACHR the detention of Alexandra Arce, former mayor of the population of Duran (west), as well as the prefects of Pichincha (north center), Paola Pabon, and Sucumbios (east), Amado Chavez, investigated by the Prosecutor for alleged crimes linked to the protests.
Manifestations they were made in Ecuador between October 2 and 13; they ended after an agreement with the government of Lenin Moreno, with the mediation of the United Nations delegation in the country and the Ecuadorian church.

On October 14, the Government repealed the decree with which it had eliminated the subsidies and began working groups of various social sectors in a program that focuses these subsidies on the poorest populations in the country.

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